Is Prostitution Ever a Choice? Is Persecution Ever a Choice?

I don’t have much time to watch TV, but I watched “The View” this morning and the women interviewed Diane Sawyer about the piece she did regarding prostitution, which will air on “20/20” tomorrow night (March 21).  Sawyer brought up the issue of whether prostitution is ever a choice.  However, in these debates about whether sex for payment can ever under any circumstances be a choice, one issue is often overlooked: Is persecution a choice? Are sex workers in prostitution choosing to be persecuted?  If people are so interested in the issue of choice, then shouldn’t they also be asking this question?  Regardless of one’s stance on whether sex for payment can ever be a choice, I don’t see how anybody can argue that sex workers in prostitution are choosing to be persecuted.